The UFC has decided that Nate Marquardt won’t be fighting at UFC 116 after his original opponent, Alessio Sakara, was forced to pull out after the passing of his father.
Multiple outlets, including MMAWeekly.com, are reporting the Greg Jackson trained fighter will instead be competing sometime in August against jiu-jitsu ace Rousimar Palhares. No bout agreements have been signed, however both sides have verbally agreed to the scrap.
Palhares is in the midst of a three-fight win streak, but had some of the wind taken out of his sails when the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended him for not letting go of his submission lock on Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111.
Marquardt is looking to get back on the winning track after coming up short against Chael Sonnen at UFC 109. The unanimous decision loss cost him a shot at the middleweight title. Instead, it will be Sonnen that gets next dibs at Anderson Silva’s crown at UFC 117.